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Why equine massage?

"... felt much freer, most noticeable in the shoulders"


What is Equine Massage?

Massage for horses is known to have been used as far back as 2700 bc in China. The modern usage of equine massage is a non-invasive, therapeutic manipulation of the horse’s soft tissues.


Specialist hands-on techniques are used to explore muscle areas, with the aim of identifying and releasing muscle tension, spasms and knots.  This will allow the horse to function at his/her optimum. 


Techniques include stroking, effleurage, petrissage, compression, tapotement, friction and jostling. Passive stretching is also incorporated in the treatment which mobilises joints. The range of movement and suppleness is increased by reducing the tension on joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. These directly affect the horse’s posture and quality of movement.

What can I expect on the initial consultation?

A detailed look at all aspects of your horse or pony (timescale 1.5-2.00hrs) including


• Veterinary history

• Presenting problems 

• Saddle fit

• Conformation, including shoeing assessment

• Gait assessment in walk and trot 

• Work load

• Your concerns discussed


This assessment will be followed by


  • A full body massage, addressing areas of tension 

  • Passive stretches may be applied to address the tight areas

  • A specific treatment plan devised for  your horse, focusing on the identified areas.

  • An after-care leaflet will be provided, with post massage advice

  • Any concerns or questions will be answered


Follow up visits last around 1hour and are tailored to your horse's requirements.

Preparation for visit

Horses should be clean and dry, and free from mud, & no hard feed an hour before.

As Equine Sports Massage is a hands on treatment, then close contact with the horse's coat/skin is required, so no mud please and no wet coats, otherwise treatment cannot take place. Please note a handler will be required for the duration of the treatment, and a suitable area for gait analysis is required.

A voided call out fee will be charged (see prices) for missed appointments

or a horse in an unready state.


Reasons not to massage (contra-indications)

There are times when a horse should not be massaged please click here to check the list